WebQuest

Propaganda: The Art of Deception

Process

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Procedures:

 Phase #1

1.     You will be divided into groups of three to four, no larger than four.

2.     Together, all group members will view the three resources listed below and complete one propaganda analysis worksheet. See resources to access links:

a.     Whose Voice Guides Your Choice?

b.     Tools of Propaganda used in Fahrenheit 451

c.     Propaganda Techniques video

3.     Discuss the three sources you have read or watched and make sure that each group member understands the tools used in propaganda. Then choose a commercial from an online video and complete the Propaganda Analysis Worksheet – see resources for link to worksheet, print and complete, and turn in to your classroom teacher.

Phase #2:

1.     Group members each choose one topic/role listed below and conduct research independently. Links are available under resource tab.

a.     Role 1: Read or view each site listed below and compose a written response explaining how propaganda is used in Fahrenheit 451.

                                                   i.     CliffsNotes– Control of Society in Fahrenheit 451

                                                  ii.     TeenInk – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

                                                 iii.     Enotes– Laws or Norms in Fahrenheit 451

b.     Role 2: Read and view each site listed below and compose a written response explaining how propaganda was used in America during WWII.

                                                   i.     World War II Propaganda Posters: part 1 and part 2

c.     Role 3: Read or view each site listed below and compose a written response explaining how propaganda is used in political campaigns past and present.

                                                   i.     The Living Room Candidate

                                                  ii.     Political Campaign: I Like Ike

                                                 iii.     Political Campaign: George W. Bush

d.     Role 4: Read or view each site listed below and compose a written response explaining how propaganda is used in pop culture/commercials today.

                                                   i.     Pampers Pooface Ad

                                                  ii.     Kaku Pure Milk Ice Cream

                                                 iii.     Michael Jackson: Pepsi Generation

2.     Now that you have individually studied propaganda and its various uses, meet back together as a group and share what you learned.

Phase #3:

To complete this webquest, compile your information and compose a group essay that answers the essential question: How and why does the media use misinformation/propaganda to sway public opinion? Be sure that you meet the requirements described in the rubric and label each person’s contribution to the essay. Also remember that your classroom teacher has given you specific instructions on how to format and compose your group's essay.

Attachments

Political Campaign: I Like Ike

Description: Phase 2, Role 3: This video contains a campaign cartoon for Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Web Link
Political Campaign: George W. Bush

Description: Phase 2, Role 3: This video promotes George W. Bush for president arguing that he will provide a safer, stronger America.

Web Link
Michael Jackson Pepsi Generation

Description: Phase 2, Role 4: This Pepsi commercial uses celebrity status to promote product.

Web Link

File
  • Propaganda Analysis Worksheet
    Description: Phase 1: Print and use this worksheet to analyze a commercial of your group's choice. Do not move on to phase 2 until this is completed. Turn in to your classroom teacher when you finish; be sure to list each group member's name.

Web Link
  • The Living Room Candidate
    Description: Phase 2, Role 3: This short video shows how politicians sometimes use their opponents' campaign against them.

Web Link
  • Pampers Pooface Ad
    Description: Phase 2, Role 4: This short video shows how advertisers use the "cute factor" to promote their product. Click on the play button.

Web Link
  • KaKu Puremilk Icecream
    Description: Phase 2, Role 4: This webpage presents an unusual image to promote its pure milk ice cream.
Propaganda Techniques

Description: Phase 1: This video provides more visual examples of how media uses propaganda techniques to persuade its audience.

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  • Tools of Propaganda used in Fahrenheit 451
    Description: Phase 1: This 2-page handout defines the tools of propaganda that are found in Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451. You may print if you want a hard copy.

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  • Whose Voice Guides Your Choice
    Description: Phase 1: This powerpoint clearly and simply explains the techniques used in propaganda. At the end, it also provides a checklist of questions to identify propaganda and to help audiences avoid being duped.

Web Link
  • World War II Propaganda Posters
    Description: Phase 2, Role 2: This website from the national archives houses a collection of two sets of WWII propaganda posters. The posters in part 1 display ideals of patriotism, but the posters in part 2 display the fearfulness of the time. While this is the only resource for role 2, it contains a lot of information. Be sure to read and look through it carefully. Don't rush!

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